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GSE Opportunities: Civil Service Live 2018 needs you!

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This blog post is a collection of vacancies, events and learning and development opportunities for people working in Government Science and Engineering.

Civil Service Live 2018 — Volunteers required UK-wide, June & July 2018

  • Glasgow SECC Thursday 7 June
  • Birmingham NEC Wednesday 13 June
  • Blackpool Winter Gardens Wednesday 27 June
  • Cardiff City Hall Thursday 5 July
  • Newcastle St James’s Park Thursday 12 July
  • London QEII Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 July

Please contact the GSE team at if you’re able to volunteer for either of the opportunities below.

Career Development & pathways across the professions panel

The GSE team are looking for volunteers to participate in career-themed panel discusssions. We are looking to source speakers from across GSE, across grades, to speak about their individual career paths. The question set will focus on panel members sharing their career stories and paths, with particular regard to professions. We are looking for panels members at each of the events listed above and from all disciplines.

Exhibition Space

The GSE team will have exhibition space at all Civil Service Live events across the country and we need volunteers to help run them!

It’s a great L&D opportunity: A chance to meet senior Civil Servants (John Manzoni, Civil Service CEO, came to see us twice last year) and Civil Servants from across the UK who are eager to learn more about what we do. Last year we were inundated with interest from those keen to understand what STEM careers in government look like, so please do sign up !

We ask that volunteers give a couple hours of their time, leaving you free for the rest of the day to tour the other stands and attend L&D sessions.

Understanding Parliament Workshops

Parliament impacts upon everyone in the Civil Service. Every aspect of government can be scrutinised by Parliament — ahead of the EU Exit, this scrutiny will increase substantially.

Get yourself Parliament-confident by coming to one of Civil Service Learning’s (CSL) two full-day "Understanding Parliament" workshops. They are offered at Foundation or Practitioner level and will help your teams develop the skills and knowledge needed to negotiate Parliament, and ensure your work incorporates effective parliamentary handling.

These are delivered free and on-demand. If you are interested, please contact, or visit CSL’s Parliament specialism page.

Leading in a World of Digital Transformation Workshop — 22 May

Do you want to have a deeper understanding of how digital is disrupting and transforming government? If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect workshop for you. A joint collaboration between the GDS Academy and Leadership Academy, the "Leading in a World of Digital Transformation" workshop will give you an opportunity to understand how the use of technology is transforming the relationship between the citizen and government.

This workshop is for non-digital specialist senior civil servants, and will familiarise you with the important issues, trends and terminology in digital transformation. It will explain the economic and business implications of digital change, and the changing role of different participants in the economy.

To book, please visit the Eventbrite page.

Vacancy: Head of Strategic Governance UK Science and Innovation Network (SEO), FCO

The job-holder will have a critical role in demonstrating SIN's value for money and impact through fulfilment of its strategic objectives in support of key Whitehall stakeholders (in particular BEIS, DExEU and DIT) and the wider UK research and innovation community. This means championing best practice in SIN's governance arrangements, overseeing SIN teams' development and implementation of annual business plans, and demonstrating value with timely and informative impact reports that resonate both with senior Whitehall stakeholders and expert interlocutors.

The job advert can be found on the Civil Service Jobs Site.

Closing Date: 11 May 2018

Vacancy: Head of Office for Science (Grade 6), Department for Transport

We are looking for someone with strong leadership skills and an excellent science or engineering background.  The work is high-profile, and comes at a time where the need for strong science and engineering in the transport sector is more important than ever.  Science will play a pivotal role in the transformation change expected in the transport system, and this role will be at the heart of that.

The successful applicant will be leading a highly motivated and enthusiastic team of around 8 scientists and engineers, working closely with DfT’s Chief Scientific Adviser and engaging at the highest level within DfT, across government and across the UK transport research and innovation community.

For more information, visit the Civil Service Jobs site.

Closing date: 28th May 2018

Vacancy: Technical Adviser (HEO), Department for International Trade

Calling scientist and engineers interested in training to become Technical Advisers (HEO grade with a specialist enhancement) at the Export Control Joint Unit within DIT’s London office.

ECJU provides operational delivery and policy expertise on export controls. Our mission is to promote global security and facilitate responsible exports by regulating the export of sensitive technologies.

We need individuals to join a multi-disciplinary team of science and engineering specialists to contribute to an efficient, rigorous and customer friendly export licensing and compliance system.

Check out the job advert for information to apply (internal Civil Service Jobs access required).

Closing date: 10 June 2018

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Featured image by Uk Civil Service, Thomas Demol used under Creative Commons licence.

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